Psychopathia Sexualis is a forensic reference book for psychiatrists, physicians, and judges. Written in an academic style, its introduction noted that, to discourage lay readers, the author had deliberately chosen a scientific term for the title of the book and that he had written parts of it in Latin for the same purpose.
Psychopathia Sexualis was one of the first books about sexual practices that studied homosexuality/bisexuality. It proposed consideration of the mental state of sex criminals in legal judgements of their crimes. During its time, it became the leading medico–legal textual authority on sexual pathology.
The first edition of Psychopathia Sexualis (1886) presented four categories of what Krafft-Ebing called "cerebral neuroses":
paradoxia — sexual desire at the wrong time of life anesthesia — insufficient sexual desire hyperesthesia — excessive sexual desire paraesthesia — misdirected sexual desire (e.g., homosexuality/bisexuality, sexual fetishism, sadism, masochism, and pedophilia)
August 8, 2021 Subject:
A short commentary without having read the book.
I did not read it so will not write a review but i am just glad that today what is called anesthesia in this book is less pathologized with the fact that some individuals in the human experience, will never experience sexual feelings but they are still healthy, just born differently with a degree of desire or attraction that is low enough to not fit the norm and being asexual which is a far more better term than what it was called in ancient times.